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Zondo Commission – week 15 overview

Explosive revelations into the belly of the ANC, captured ministers who relinquished their authority to private citizens, and a dramatic request for a recusal, made for a hectic week at the commission of inquiry into state capture. The week started slowly as former National Treasury spokesperson Phumza Macanda testified. She, like former department colleagues before Read more >

Civil society denounces EFF’s claims and threats

We, civil society organisations in South Africa, express our deep concern at the attacks made in recent days on the state capture commission by the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF). Such attacks include statements by EFF leader Julius Malema in which he: Described the commission as a “Mickey Mouse show”; Accused its chairperson of stealing money Read more >

Zondo Commission – week 14 overview

The week of protests, political war threats and some comic relief – this is how many might characterise the last five days of the commission of inquiry into state capture. It started with the much anticipated testimony of public enterprises minister Pravin Gordhan on Monday. Over three days, Gordhan gave detailed accounts of instances of Read more >

CW calls on Zondo to defend commission’s work

Today Corruption Watch called on Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo to defend the work of the commission of inquiry into state capture, currently underway in Johannesburg. This comes in the wake of statements made by Commander in Chief of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), Julius Malema, outside the hearings yesterday, during the testimony of Minister Read more >

Zondo Commission – week 13 overview

It was a very insightful first week back for the commission of inquiry into state capture, when it resumed its public hearings on Monday after a month-long break. Between the testimonies of former public enterprises minister Barbara Hogan and former government spokesperson Mzwanele Manyi, South Africans were given a lot to think about. Hogan did Read more >

Gordhan shows way forward for cleaner public corporations

By David Lewis First published in Business Day Pravin Gordhan’s recent presentation to the parliamentary portfolio committee on public enterprises does indeed portend a “new dawn” for state-owned enterprises (SOEs). These massive corporations, many of which are producing critical basic goods for the country’s public and industry, have been front and centre of the plunder Read more >

CW urges deputy president to appoint new NDPP

Corruption Watch welcomes the serving of a court order to freeze assets of McKinsey and Trillian. This must naturally be followed by the commencement of criminal proceedings against these two firms as well as against the individual McKinsey, Trillian and Eskom executives and board members implicated in the wholesale looting of public resources. Corruption Watch Read more >

TI releases governance principles for SOEs

South Africa’s state-owned enterprises (SOEs) are not what could be described as the pride of the nation. The likes of Eskom, the Passenger Rail Association of South Africa (Prasa), the South African Post Office (SAPO), South African Airways (SAA), the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), and others have become a national embarrassment rather than a Read more >

State capture report paves way for more investigation

Corruption Watch, in its response to the public protector’s State of Capture report, highlights the critical importance of the report in ensuring that a few, favoured individuals do not continue to abuse state resources and power. While the public protector has not made adverse findings against any of those implicated in the report, she does, Read more >